Let's Travel To....SEATTLE
Seattle is another San Francisco so, to me, places to stay seem to be pricey. Our go to is always Airbnb. We rented a private room that was relatively close and walking distance to everything. The restroom and kitchen were shared but everyone always kept to themselves so we never had any issues using the things we needed when we needed them.
Our first stop was visiting the original Starbucks! Where is it located? On Pike Place, duh! So I did some research and we eventually found it, the "first ever" Starbucks. When we got in, Nick and I were surprised to see how "new" it looked. We got a drink to enjoy outside
As we kept walking, we noticed a long line outside a different establishment. We walked up to it only to realize THAT was the first ever Starbucks! We couldn't stop laughing at ourselves and how dumb we must've looked recording and taking pictures of the other random Starbucks. Anyway, we continued exploring Pike Place Market, the Gum Wall, and the pier. We took a ride on the Great Wheel that was a fun 15-20 minute ride.
|Pike Place Market|
|Nick made great use of his piece of gum: N + E|
|All the pretty flowers|
|Seattle Great Wheel|
The next day we visited Chihuly Gardens and Glass and the Space Needle. We purchased a combo ticket for both of the locations. We found the Space Needle to be a bit busier so we had to wait a couple of hours before the next available time slot. The Chuhuly Garden was so beautiful and definitely one I recommend. Everything is made from the amazing art work of blowing glass. These are a few of the pictures I took:
While we waited for our Space Needle time to come, we took an Uber to Kerry Park. It has a great view and we would've had lunch there had it not been a rainy day.
Another reason we decided on Seattle was partly because Radiohead was playing there. Needless to say, the show was so amazing that after the show we were on such a "natural" high we walked all the way back to our Airbnb. A whole hour long walk that seemed to go so fast as we talked about the great show we were just at!
On the next day we decided to take the ferry out to Bainbridge Island. The ride there was about 30 minutes and about a $10 round trip fee. It's a small island with shops and places to eat. It's really up to you what you want to do there. Just grab a map and explore! Once we got back, we headed straight to get some Molly Moon's Homemade Ice cream...drooool!
Our last day in Seattle was dedicated to 10 Things I Hate About You and movie locations because duh! We visited Gas Works Parks, where Heath Ledger and Julia Styles characters have that paint balloon fight where we all fall deeper in love with Heath. And we also paid a visit to the Fremont Troll that made a small cameo while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bianca talk about...oh who knows! I was in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt since then!
|Gas Works Park|
We also made our way to Volunteer Park, and as tourist do, we stopped to read information boards. Some sweet lady who was riding her bike stopped to talk to us and asked us about our visit. We came to the conclusion she must've been a retired history teacher because she gave us awesome facts about Seattle and background information about stumptown. She also asked if we had umbrellas because rain was expected. Of course we didn't so she offered to ride her bike home and bring us one! We told her it was ok and she didn't have to but she insisted and told us she would leave a bag for us at the conservatory. When we got there, the rain already coming down, we realized it was closed. As we walked away, she pulled up on her bike and said, "I'm so sorry! I forgot they're closed on Mondays". That meant she rode her bike around until she saw us. We couldn't get over how sweet she was and how lucky we were to come across her.
So that was it! 4 fun-filled days in Seattle. The next morning we had to be up early to take a convenient, inexpensive ride on a Bolt Bus to Portland. I'll fill you in on the those details in my Portland post.